ATiC have been working with Recliners Ltd who develop seating solutions for the home and healthcare markets. The focus was on a current product line of adaptive chairs, the “MultiCare Plus”.
This adaptable product has an in-built ‘Tilt in Space’ movement which is operated by the carer, allowing the chair to be reclined in a range of positions which redistributes pressure and maintains physical angles at the hips, knees and ankles.
The ATiC team engaged in a technical study to evaluate the seat. This included digitisation and optimisation studies of the chair for reducing mass while maintaining mechanical integrity. The initial outcome from the study helped recliners understand where elements of the chair can be improved, and where further investigation is needed.
From the initial digitisation process Recliners have developed a 3D product configurator built into their website and the opportunity to incorporate Augmented reality as part of their customer service.
This project is part of the Accelerate programme which is part-funded by the European Regional Development fund, through Welsh Government.